WoD – The Pope, Twitter, and Purgatory

Hi all.  Yeah, it has been a while, I know.  (It’s not for lack of ideas, just time to type ’em up.)

Anyway, what better way to dive back in than something that involves the Pope, Twitter, and Purgatory.  You just can’t make this stuff up…

There are so many things I could comment on here.  So so many.  But this just struck me — is Purgatory a strictly Catholic or Christian notion?  I can’t actually even say ‘notion,’ since in the faith it is a real thing and place.  So if a place, do Catholics believe that non-Catholics go there, too?  I genuinely don’t know the answer to this.

So what I am then wondering is, what if I follow the Pope on Twitter.  If I am not going to Purgatory because I am not Catholic, then I don’t have to follow the Pope.  But if I do get included in Purgatory, then as a non-Catholic do I still qualify for “indulgences,” or are these reserved for purgatory-bound Catholics only?  Is being bound for Purgatory even a good thing?  It is a hot, nasty place ruled by a three-headed man with a very hot multi-pronged poker, who eats people.  See here.

 Purgatory

But I think the path to heaven is through Purgatory?  Or something like this.  Anyway, I just want to know if I need to follow the Pope on Twitter so that I don’t have to get sodomized by Satan for thousands of years.  Because that seems like a fair trade.

Thursday:

SHUND  (SHOOND)

Literary trash

Before you go thinking the headline below is shund, read on.  It’s legit!

http://mobile.theverge.com/2013/7/17/4531048/follow-pope-twitter-indulgence-purgatory

Follow the Pope on Twitter and spend less time in Purgatory, says Vatican

The Vatican has taken another step in its efforts to embrace social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ (@Pontifex) Twitter account. Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports that the church will reduce the time Catholics have to spend in purgatory if they follow official Vatican events on TV, radio, and through social media.

One such event is the Catholic World Youth Day, commencing in Rio de Janeiro on July 22nd. The Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican tribunal responsible for issues relating to the forgiveness of sins, will award the privilege to the faithful that follow the event using different forms of media. Pope Francis’ followers are not immediately granted an indulgence for tracking the event, with the penitentiary noting that it would hinge on the user having previously confessed and being “truly penitent and contrite.” Indulgences are given out when a Catholic performs an action recommended by the church. They’re meant to encourage Catholics to lead a pious life, devoting themselves to charity and generally treating others with a Christian spirit.

“”Producing authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of everyone.””

“What really counts is that the tweets the Pope sends from Brazil or the photos of the Catholic World Youth Day that go up on Pinterest produce authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of everyone,” said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication. Alongside its papal Twitter account, the Vatican offers an online news website (and app), a Facebook page, and is currently planning to engage with users on Pinterest.

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